Mercedes-Benz SLR to Vault Three-Pointed Star Brand into Exotica

New M-B Will Be Made in England Do you remember when Mercedes-Benz was a force in sports car racing? Im not talking about Formula 1, where its engines are made by Englands Ilmor Engineering (now 55% owned by M-B) and chassis by McLaren (40% owned by M-B). Im not even referring to DTM, where Bernd […]

New Automotive TV Station Set to Air Later This Year

New Channel to Focus Less on Motorsport and More on Consumer Vehicles If youre not familiar with Speed Channel, formerly known as SpeedVision prior to Fox Network taking it over from media guru Ted Turner, it is cablevisions mecca for automotive enthusiasts. Specializing in motorsport, including two-wheel and four-wheel varieties, Speed Channel also dabbles in […]

2005 Ford Mustang Wont Only Be a Throwback in Style

Drag Racing Core Buyers Force Ford to Keep Anachronistic Chassis Architecture Its hard to believe but the news regarding the 2005 Mustangs rear suspension is official. After much speculation regarding a progression to a fully independent setup, it seems the sheetmetal wont be the only retro touch. Under the skin it will still incorporate a […]

New Ferrari 456 Replacement to Debut in Detroit January 2004

V12 Power May be Derived from Enzo Supercar Its not like Ferrari is having trouble selling cars or anything. As usual, enviable waiting lists grow longer than any other brand while its continued motorsport success, both as a front runner in F1 and Le Mans winner via its Prodrive 550 Maranello, put its prancing horse […]

Detroit Report: Ford Centennial Wrap Up

More than 225,000 Devotees Flock to Blue Oval Mecca The tents are down and crowds have departed from Ford Motor Companys 152 acre world headquarters complex, but still the memories remain of the automakers centennial celebration that lasted from June 12 through 16. Ford estimated that more than 225,000 people came to the five-day affair, […]

Will a Flat-Folding Third Row Seat Equipped Minivan Be in Chryslers Future

2004 May Be Final Year to Buy All-Wheel Drive Chrysler Minivan With a substantial share of the minivan market, its not like DaimlerChrysler did a bad job redesigning the latest Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. The latter is arguably the most luxuriously equipped van on todays market, while both deliver high levels of […]

Industry Report: Europes Renault Wants to Buy Volvo

Is Fords Premier Auto Group Ready to Sell-Off Volvo? Is Volvo even for sale? According to current owner Ford Motor its not, but that hasnt hindered Volvo and Renault execs from discussing options, or so the Parisian daily newspaper La Tribune stated. The two automakers were joined at the hip prior to 1993, with 20 […]

New Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac Pursuit Appear Promising Small Cars

Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire Siblings Finally Getting the Boot GM has just announced replacements for the aging Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire models. The Cobalt and Pursuit, respectively, will be launched in 2005. The new models will share architecture derived from the Delta platform. Expected to follow the Generals new trend toward uncluttered, contemporary […]

Toyota Plans More Hybrids by 2006

Japans Number One Automaker Chooses Hybrids to Keep Its Market Edge Toyota Motor Corp., the worlds largest automaker by market value, plans to double the number of models that use hybrid engines to six by about 2006, including sport-utility vehicles, President Fujio Cho said. Starting with the 1997 introduction of the Prius in Japan, Toyota […]

Green Report: How to Pick a “Green” Car

The Information Superhighway Can Show You the Way In todays market there are as many cars, trucks and SUVs available as Oprah Winfrey has shoes. How can a person decide on which ones to test drive, let alone purchase? Furthermore, consumer resources to help narrow down the options have become almost as varied and complex […]